There’s never been a better time to feel like a kid again.
For as long as there have been mortgages, taxes, tasks, and speeding tickets, there have been adults who wish they could turn back the clock to simpler hours. That’s nothing new.
But nostalgia has recently gone next-level .
If you want, you can now go forth to adult summer camp, where you’ll leave all technology at the entryway and enjoy four days of archery, tie-dye, and hiking. You can also spend a day at adult preschool, where you’ll do arts and crafts, play games, and reconnect with your favorite childhood buddy: nap day.
Coloring books, though, are by far the most popular kids’ activity for grown-ups. And it’s not hard to see why.
Just imagine your favorite coloring book as a kid, only updated to reflect your much-improved motor skills and worldliness. Wouldn’t it be nice to take an hour with a cup of coffee and get lost in a ocean of possibility and imagination ?
If you did, it might appear something like this.
Beautiful, isn’t it? So beautiful, in fact, that crotchety, jaded adults all over the world are dusting off their crayons and giving it a try.
These books are selling at breakneck pace. Publishers are even be very difficult keeping them in stock.
The book that started the furor, “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, ” has sold over two million copies worldwide since its release in 2013 .
And there are many more like it burning up the bestseller lists.
“We’ve never seen a phenomenon like it in our thirty years of publishing . … We only can’t keep them in publish fast enough, ” Lesley O’Mara, managing director of Michael O’Mara Books, told The New Yorker.
It doesn’t look like this coloring book train is slowing down any time soon, so here are three reasons you need to get on board .
1. A good coloring session can relieve stress and anxiety.
There might be more to this whole coloring thing than only feeling like a kid .
Marti Faist, an art therapist, told the Baltimore Sun , “When someone is coloring, their intellect and body are operating in a more integrated way. It’s almost a meditative process.”
“I’ve watched people under acute stress, almost panic-attack levels, colour and have their blood pressure go down very quickly. It’s cathartic for them.”
And Marti’s not the only one. Perhaps you’ve is aware of a guy named Carl Jung?
Jung was a big fan of art therapy, and he use coloring as a relaxation technique back in the early 1900 s. He even believed that the colors his patients opted reflected an expression of deeper parts of their subconsciou. Jung himself actually used to draw and colour mandalas, or spiritual geometric shapes, every morning. These same mandalas are the foundation of a lot of the most popular stress-relieving coloring books today.
2. No newspaper? No problem. Now, you are able to colour on the go.
You know the rule: It’s not an official furor unless it’s integrated into social media. So, as appealing as depicting at your kitchen table for hours on end sounds, you can now colour on your smartphone or tablet with only a few swipes of your finger, and you can easily tweet or Instagram your creations, too.
A recent reviewer wrote: “This is a really great app. It lets me pass the time in a calming yet creative way.”
But maybe the best thing about a coloring app is that it’s easy to erase your design, start over, and generate something completely different.
3) These coloring books are also hilarious.
Coloring isn’t just about the beautifully elaborate sketches like those found in “Secret Garden” and its follow-up, ” Enchanted Forest .”
And, if you’re a real free spirit, you might enjoy a, um, truly “adult” coloring book .
Just a suggestion: might not want to pull this one out in public.
Whether you’re coloring to relax or only to have some fun, there’s a coloring book out there for you.
Coloring might become your favorite pastime … again .
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